Airplane Reading Light and Shelf

Submitted by tommybo76 on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 12:31

I was inspired to build an airplane shelf for my son based on the plane old shelf design, and I've always liked WW2 era p-51 Mustangs. So I thought I'd give it a shot. I built this design out of mostly 3/4 plywood scrap. I glued 3 pieces together for the fuselage and routed out the wings for a rounded look. I then thought it would be cool to add some LED lights. That got me thinking, if I added enough lights underneath the wings he could use it to read books at night. There are 12 lights underneath and it seems to be very bright. The prop spins thanks to a few washers and a long screw. Most of my cost was tied up in LED lights since I used spare parts and scrap wood. It took me at least 10 hours to build as I had never tried to build something like this and experimented along the way.

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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
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Paint (separated on and brushed depending on what I had on hand)
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